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Alan Walker

With one complete cycle under his belt, Alan Walker, our Senior Director of Academic Marketing and Sales, embarks on yet another Penguin Classics reading marathon of one book by an author per letter of the alphabet. Read Alan's latest blog entries (now at Y), as well as his entire first marathon.

Poems By Heart App from Penguin Classics

Poems By Heart App from Penguin Classics app icon image

Named one of the Best Apps of 2013 by Apple, Poems By Heart from Penguin Classics is a memorization game that will challenge you with classic poems from master wordsmiths including Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, and more. You'll rack up high scores and achievements on your way to reciting poems from heart, with recordings you can share online and email to your friends.

Poems By Heart uses brain-training techniques to make remembering poetry easy and fun—in a fast and responsive game. Each poem features two new and exclusive dramatic readings, and all-new original art.

  • Four poems are included free.
  • 25 poems available in the Poetry Shop (plus the first part of "The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám") with new additions every month through the first half of 2014
  • Works by Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, W.B. Yeats, James Weldon Johnson, and eighteen other iconic poets
  • Five difficulty stages and twenty ranks of success

The Marsh Arabs

The Marsh Arabs cover

2014 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of British writer and explorer Wilfred Thesiger's The Marsh Arabs, an account of his years spent among the Madan tribes of southern Iraq. Our black-spine edition, which includes an introduction by American biographer and journalist Jon Lee Anderson, captures the humanity and charisma of a man whose exploits have been thrilling readers for generations.

Penguin Horror

Frankenstein cover

Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro's favorites, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ray Russell's short story "Sardonicus," considered by Stephen King to be "perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written," to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere.

John O'Hara

BUtterfield 8

The writer Fran Lebowitz compared to the author of The Great Gatsby, calling him "the real F. Scott Fitzgerald," made his Penguin Classics debut earlier this year with a Deluxe edition of his small-town classic Appointment in Samarra. Now we have three additional titles to add to the Penguin Classics O'Hara renaissance: a collection of his New York Stories, in which the talents of "American fiction's greatest eavesdropper" (Wall Street Journal) are on superb display, and two versions of his novel BUtterfield 8—a black-spine edition and a Penguin Drop Caps volume.

Civic Classics

Civil Classics

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and essential Civic Classics from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life, including the founding documents, pivotal historical speeches, and important Supreme Court decisions, to create a timely and informative mini-library of perennially vital issues.

Penguin Classics: A Complete Annotated Listing iPhone App

A Complete Annotated Listing iPhone App

Discover Penguin Classics—on the go!

The Penguin Classics: A Complete Annotated Listing iPhone App is an exciting Web-based app that connects you to the classics like never before, putting the complete, annotated descriptions of all Penguin Classics currently in print right in your pocket. Includes a fun and engaging Classics quiz, a "Discover the Classics" section, and more!

Stage & Screen

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave cover

Steve McQueen's big-screen adaptation of Solomon Northup's antebellum memoir is an Oscar favorite with three wins: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay! The film, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and an extended ensemble cast, has been called "the most uncompromising depiction of slavery ever put to film" (Daily Beast) and "the movie you need to see" (The Atlantic Wire). Don't forget to pick up a copy of Northup's original book before watching the film, in theaters and available on DVD. We publish a black-spine edition as well as a movie tie-in edition, both featuring the iconic key art from the film, a foreword by director Steve McQueen, an introduction by Ira Berlin, and a series essay and afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who includes Northup in his curated series of African American classics.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men cover

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd bring John Steinbeck's harrowing and hopeful short novel Of Mice and Men to the Broadway stage this spring. The production opens in mid-April at the Longacre Theatre and will run through July. Anna D. Shapiro, Tony Award-winner for August: Osage County, returns to Broadway to direct this Steinbeck classic.


Penguin Classics Goods

Black Beauty Tote

Penguin Classics presents a curated series of lifestyle goods that feature the best of our book designs from our award-winning Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions on well-produced, high-quality items, all designed and made in the U.S.A. The collection includes t-shirts and tote bags (designed with custom cover art from such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Candide, The Portable Dorothy Parker and Black Beauty), as well as our Civic Classics t-shirt series, with art drawn from early American ephemera and slogans that will be instantly recognizable to any student of American history. It's Common Sense.

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